Magnum, P.I.

Season 3 Episode 8

Foiled Again

Aired Unknown Nov 11, 1982 on CBS
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Foiled Again
When a fencing match between Higgins and an old rival turns unexpectedly deadly, Magnum sets out to prove Higgins innocent of murder.

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  • Higgins gets the point...

    Containing the rather tiresome by now stereotypes of Higgins' snooty school pals/rivals, it's action rather than plot or acting that comes out best here. An old love rival of Higgy baby strolls into town, throwing shapes much to the quivering of Higgins' stiff upper lip facade. An exciting fight scene in the closing stages pushes this one along where T.M. shows he has, and certainly needs, a head for heights. Enjoyble stuff, with the usual sight of teamster types baying for the heroes' blood, contrasting nicely with "British" public school etiquette. Oh, I think Nicholas Hammond is in this one also. Well fancy that.moreless
  • Magnum tries to get to the bottom of things when Higgins is accused of murder after an old adversary – who once snatched away the woman Higgins loved – is killed during a fencing competition. A much better episode than I remembered...moreless

    When I first saw this episode, some years ago, I wasn't overly keen on it. I found the story a bit dull, and it was a noticeable dip coming after a run of top-notch episodes.

    However, coming to watch it again last night to review, it's actually not such a bad episode.

    Indeed, it is a slight dip in quality coming after a number of third season greats, but it is still a reasonable story, and far from the worst in the season.

    This is a 'Higgins-centric' episode, and John Hillerman pulls it off perfectly. When the series began, Higgins was just an (almost generic) thorn in Magnum's side, but the character soon developed, and as much as he was against Magnum a lot of the time, audiences really started to care for him.

    Notable is that District Attorney Carol Baldwin makes her first of a number of appearances in the series, but played by a different actress, Patty McCormack. From the character's next appearance, in the fourth season's 'Distant Relative', Kathleen Lloyd will take over the role.

    Oh, and talking of notable, this episode contains a very rare appearance of Higgins' bedroom!! v

    Dana Wynter is effective as Higgins' old sweetheart, Velma Troubshaw, and pulls it off much better than she did as a different character in the second season's disappointing 'Double Jeopardy'. Once again, all English characters are shown to be upper-class and talk with a posh accent, but I'll overlook that.

    Throughout the story I was trying to guess who was really behind the death of Higgins' old rival. The only real fault is that the story is stretched out slightly, which begins to show a bit later on.

    The episode is very much a character piece, really making you feel for poor Higgins, and is very low on real action, other than the climatic punch up at the mill.

    Overall, this isn't one of my outstanding favourites, and not one of the best of the season, but it is a reasonable story, with it's highlight being a great performance by John Hillerman.moreless
Dana Wynter

Dana Wynter

Velma Troubshaw

Guest Star

Paxton Whitehead

Paxton Whitehead

William Troubshaw

Guest Star

Joshua Bryant

Joshua Bryant

Guy Keeler

Guest Star

Patty McCormack

Patty McCormack

ADA Carol Baldwin

Recurring Role

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    • The German episode titles are "Tödliche Klinge" ("Deadly Blade") and "Higgins' alte Liebe" ("Higgins' Old Love"). The French title is "Le fleuret, meaning "The Foil". The Italian title is "Un incontro fulminante", meaning "A Fulminant Meeting".

    • Assistant D.A. Carol Baldwin, who would become a much recurring character in the series, is seen for the first time in this episode, but is played by a different actress, blonde Patricia McCormack. Brunette Kathleen Lloyd would play the character in all future appearances, from the fourth season episode "Distant Relative". (Lloyd would first be seen in the series playing another character, in "Almost Home" in just a couple of episodes time.) Some sources that cover the series seem in doubt if the Carol seen here is the same character as the one Kathleen Lloyd would go on to play. Although her full name is not confirmed on-screen in this episode, more detail cast guides confirm the name, and in the fourth season episode "No More Mr. Nice Guy", Higgins refers back to Carol's involvement in helping getting him out of jail in this episode – solid confirmation.